A human is human not only for his logic, reasoning and rationale but also for his illogical, unreasonable and irrational behaviour. Reason and emotion, mind and the heart, these kind of clashes we face everyday. Who wins or who loses depends on the situation and people involved. However, either of them are equally important in a person’s life.
If everything was logical and reasoned, then man would have been a machine. But life as a machine is unimaginable. Imagine all of us tinkering away like a machine without any feeling. There would not be any imagination(you are human if you could imagine in the previous sentence), thereby no creativity and no progress. Human progress over the ages has been substantial because humanity is not only thinking but feeling too. Many discoveries were born out of the problems faced by the victims who chose to help others find a solution to a similar problem.
But slowly all of us are tending towards an emotionless society. Why are we becoming emotionless? To be emotionless is the need of the companies, research, science and technology where people celebrate objectivity and disregard and ignore subjectivity. But profit and loss, publication and patent, process and product are not everything in life. Sometimes life is beyond. What is it that makes a dark clouded sky with few white cranes flying across the horizon look enchanting? What is it that makes the twang of guitar and kicks of the drums sound melodious ?
What is it that makes the pizza, burger or the home-made paratha, roti melt in your tongue and give the heavenly taste?
What is it that makes your eyes wet when you see a war battered soldier reuniting with his family. Well, you can see that emotions are at work in the subtle corners of mind of even those who think they don’t entertain emotions.
It is true that emotions can sometimes cloud judgement. Your colleagues call you cool-headed if you are calm and make decisions properly, … and you are hot-headed if you make decisions on the sway. Then sometimes there are decisions where your heart won the favour, and you have never regretted in your life about the best decision in your life.
An emotion is often so subtle in understanding that we mistake it to be logical and reasonable. In any case, we need to carefully consider the decision at hand. Understanding ourselves can be the first step towards understanding our heartfelt emotions so that we know that we can make correct decision or not. Or else step down and let somebody decide for you. It is not giving up your right to decide but just allowing someone who can understand the situation better. For instance, doctors are not allowed to operate on their own relatives.
Emotions are the way humans connect with themselves. You cannot connect with thinking or logic. You need an emotion to connect with other person. You need hatred or love to be able to relate to a person. Therefore, the emotions have their role and the logical mind has its own role. Rene Descartes said, “I think, therefore I am.” But it should have been instead, “ I think and feel, therefore I am.”
So what will be my take : Just as both the sides of brain are needed for human body to function , so is the duo of emotions and logic important as well. When the heart and the mind are in sync, then as Kipling said .. “the earth is yours and everything that is in it.”
- Logic Over Emotions (reflectionsoflifeandotherthoughts.wordpress.com)
- Emotions as the ultimate genesis of actions (myownminister.wordpress.com)